Don't Call 911

I'm enjoying the writing on Medium* more and more. This horrifying story has been making the rounds on Facebook:

I live in a new gilded age in a golden city. But sometimes the cracks show, even here. The façade crumbles and you find yourself naked, in solitary confinement, in a wretched, feces-stained prison.

How? As a result of my efforts to help injured bicyclists by calling 911, I was, in short order: separated from my friend, violently tackled, arrested, taken to county jail, stripped and left in a solitary cell. I am writing this story because, if it could happen to me, it could happen to you, and I feel the need to do something to help prevent this brutality from propagating.

"Good Samaritan Backfire," by Peretz Paitensky

  • Medium is a new blogging-ish platform with beautiful typography and image handling, and some other awesome UX features. If you want to learn more about its backstory, I'd suggest watching this Interview with the founder on the "Foundation" podcast.